I’m over the scorching heat, so while I spend the remainder of the summer cursing the sun and looking forward to sweater weather, residents of the southern hemisphere are looking forward to the warm summer months ahead. Undoubtedly, the folks that own this private residence on the island of Waiheke in New Zealand are looking forward to spending their summer in their new retreat. While looking up a little bit more info on the island, I came across a surprising tidbit about the island’s name: “Waiheke translates as ‘the descending waters’ or ‘ebbing water’. This refers to an event when Maori explorer Kahumatamomoe landed on the island and urinated.” That can’t be right.
The so-called Island Retreat was designed by Fearon Hay Architects with Penny Hay as interior designer. The result of their work is a modern and clean residence that is warmed up by the natural materials found inside. Well, warmed up by that and the scorching sun.